I was reading online on how to protect and keep our liver healthy when I saw the information below on http://www.cncahealth.com/health-info/general/top-ways-protect-liver-health.htm and thought to share it with you. It reminded me not to depend heavily on medicines.

Be careful with medications

Taking medications in improper doses, for too long, or mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or other drugs, can harm your liver. Acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) is notorious for its potential danger to your liver, as overdose of this drug is actually the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

In fact, even when used correctly acetaminophen (in this case Extra Strength Tylenol) caused liver enzymes to increase three-fold beyond the normal upper limit, which is a sign of possible liver damage, according to one study. Some patients even had levels as high as eight times the normal enzyme level.

So keep in mind that you need to be careful with medications as far as your liver health is concerned, and this applies to over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol as well as prescription medications.


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